Category Archives: Politics

Restructuring the World after Corona

New Deal Needed The world has been affected by a pandemic with terrible consequences. Millions of people have fallen ill, about 400,000 have died and many of the survivors have a long way back to normal life after the illness. There is increasing unemployment, companies in bankruptcy and gigantic economic losses for individuals, companies and society. And for all of us everyday life has become sad and one-handed without normal human contacts. Few of us have experienced anything like it, none of us want it to ever happen again. One…

Death from Wuhan

A few years ago, I wanted to prove to myself that I could still comprehend German, so I bought Thomas Mann’s “Death in Venice” as an e-book. I had to struggle to get through the book. In the beginning, only philosophical thoughts and reflections expressed in a most complicated language with all verbs at the end of the sentence, while nothing really happened. But I had decided to read the book, and I did. What I remember best is the mood, a mood I have now experienced in reality. The…

Heart of Darkness

The photos show the first and the present rulers of Congo ( DRC), namely King Leopold II of Belgium and President Joseph Kabila. Whatever failures President Kabila has made during his time as president, they are small compared with the atrocities that took place under King Leopold. The colonial rule of Congo may be considered to have been of the absolute worst kind. Even after independence this legacy has continued hitting the Congolese population. In a way, even Kabila might be considered a victim of the colonial rule. On March…

To be critical

At my matriculation examination 1960 in Norwegian essay writing I had to choose between 3 topics, one of them “To be critical – a weakness or a force”. I can remember how lucky I felt there in the classroom as this really suited me. The consequence of this “dream topic” was a better result at the exam than my mean results had been. My critical attitude has followed me through life with resulting advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of a critical attitude is the ability to independently analyze a situation…